January 2019

Found 3 blog entries for January 2019.

FIRPTA is a Real Estate Transfer Tax for Foreign Sellers

FIRPTA TaxThe Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA) authorized the United States to tax foreign persons (and entities) on the sale of United States real property interests. This withholding tax is to be collected at the closing of the sale and amounts to 10% of the purchase price if the sale is over $300,000 but less than $1,000,000 and 15% of the purchase price if the sale is over $1,000,000. For sales less than $300,000, provided the buyer occupies the residence at least 50% of the time, there is no tax collected.  Typically in Oregon, this withholding tax is collected at closing by the escrow company and forwarded to the US Treasury.

The problem comes when the seller is a

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Is the Bend Real Estate Market Overpriced?

Leap into 2018 Bend Real Estate Trends

The figures are out and the trends we have been following over the past year were again seen in the December 2018 Bend residential real estate sales figures. December 2018 saw a dramatic reduction in Bend home sales on less than an acre compared with December 2017:

  • Numbers of homes for sale down 10.4% to 396
  • Numbers of homes sold down 15.9% to 159
  • Numbers of homes pended down 14.4% to 131
  • Average price per square foot on sold homes up 3.8% to $244
  • Sold price to original listing price difference down 2.1% to 95%
  • Average days of market up 2.8% to 111
  • Months of inventory up 8.6% to 2.5 (based on closed sales)
  • Average active price up 5.6% to $701,000
  • Average sold price up 14.3% to
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Bend Oregon Luxury HomesBend Luxury Home Sales Rise in 2018

The Bend high end real estate market grew considerably in 2018.  Million dollar homes, including those built for speculation, have sold at larger numbers than those in 2017 with the greatest percentage increase in the $1,300,000 to $1,699,999 range (up 42.9%). **

For available inventory, the numbers of homes in the $2,300,000 and up range grew by the largest percentage with 50% more properties available in 2018 than in 2017. The months of supply fell in all categories except the highest where the inventory levels are now at 17.2 months (up from 10.9 months in 2017).

Pending sales were also up with the greatest percentage increase in the $1,300,000 to $1,699,999 category with an increase of 63.9%  There were 59

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